Platform planning and design for rail rolling stock: An exploratory study of platform development within Bombardier Transportation

Forlingieri, Marco (2014) Platform planning and design for rail rolling stock: An exploratory study of platform development within Bombardier Transportation.

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Abstract:As an answer to the challenge for managing the complexity whilst offering greater product variety to customers, companies in different industrial environments are considering platform-based development of new products. Platform-based development relies on the sharing of modules, interfaces and product architectures across a family of products. Platform potentials can be identified for different industries and businesses. However the most existing research is not targeted at the operational management level of product executor and mainly addresses the problem from the perspective of consumer goods. Prior literature does investigate platform potentials for complex product and systems but usually does not provide a holistic approach that can be operationally applied to develop platforms in complex environments such as the railway industry. Hence, the literature that applies platform concepts and development methods to capital-intensive products and complex systems is still scarce and fragmented. This research focuses on rail rolling stock. Thanks to a multiple case study within different platform-based projects developed at Bombardier Transportation, the research seeks to define platform planning and design characteristics and provide a systematic methodology tailored to rolling stock.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Bombardier Transportation, Berlin, Germany
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:58 process technology, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66384
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